"Visit the Sphinx:The Sphinx..." Egypt Favorite Tip by S_J_Miller
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Favorite thing: Visit the Sphinx:
The Sphinx is about 73.5 metres in length
It was originally sculptured from a limestone outcrop and, for most of its history, the Sphinx has been at least partly covered in sand.
The first recorded clearing took place in the 18th Dynasty when a prince, who later became the pharaoh Thutmose IV, ordered that the sand be removed.
This happened after he supposedly had a dream in which he was told that he would become pharaoh if he cleared the Sphinx.
In the background is the pyramid of Khafre (Chephren).
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